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    Allana Sterkenburg is an experienced Grande Prairie, AB area photographer specializing in Newborn, Child & Family Photography with an artistic style in the County of Grande Prairie and surrounding areas. Allana is dedicated to capturing the special moments and milestones of your growing families and the wonder of your everyday lifestyle.

    If you are interested in a portrait session with Allana in studio or on location please get in touch via email or facebook messenger. You can visit her social media accounts for sneak peeks from current sessions.

    Check out the DETAILS tab above for session info!

Absolute Photography: Dreaming of Spring – Northern Alberta Wedding Photographer

The weather outside may be slightly confused about spring this year.. nice days followed by more snowy days.. throw in a bit of rain.. but inside the Hotel McDonald just a day after the rest of Edmonton was hit with another foot of snow, it was positively springy! Roses and Peonies, a lovely Bride and Groom, amazing styling, beautiful cakes.. well you can see for yourself!

hotel mcdonald wedding, styled shoot, jfy workshop

In March I had the opportunity to spend the weekend with Becky from Just For You Photography and Susan from Picture That Photography for their wedding photography workshop. It is important to me as a photographer to always continue learning, so off to Edmonton I went. We spent two days just talking photography and shooting. These images are from day 2 of the workshop; and are just too beautiful NOT to share!


Wedding Workshop with: Just For You Photography and Picture That Photography
Stylized by: Sofia from Awespring Weddings:
Rentals: Special Event Rentals:

Cake: Style Cakes

Gown & Jewelry :
Male attire: Derks
Florals: Akiko Floral Artistry Inc.

Stationary: Love & Design:

Makeup: Mookie
Hair: Serena Jackson
Models: Brittany and Kyle

Absolute Photography: Time for a Tidy-up! – Grande Prairie Family Photographer

Well! I am somewhat hesitant to even SHOW this photo – but everyone seems to LOVE stuff from behind the scenes.. and for awhile this has been what is behind the scenes at Absolute. Ick. Do you ever suddenly just look around and realize that things are in shambles? Those of you who have worked with me in the past know that this is NOT how I like my workspace to feel. Somehow though, this small space has become the dumping ground for all sorts of paraphernalia lately. Not only that, this is also my “sewing room”.. so that scary pile under the window.. that’s the “mending” pile. Oh and throw in a couple of quilt fabrics and other projects for “when I have more time”.

On Friday afternoon I had finally had enough. This needed to change – promptly! So I set to work. First stop.. pinterest. My favorite place for inspiration! You can check out my “home office” pin board.

After a couple of late nights, plenty of frustration with myself for letting things get this far out of control and many hours sorting, filing, and cleaning in general, I am happy to say that this morning I was able to sit down and get to work in a much friendlier feeling space. Do you feel like you can be more productive in a clean, organized and tidy environment? I sure am.

I have a couple of finishing touches that I would like to make in the space – but as soon as I do that I will be sure to post some after pics!

Absolute Photography: 4th Annual Love Session Giveaway! – Northern Alberta Engagement & Wedding Photography

Contest Closed. Look below for the winner!! 

It’s that time of year again! I would once again like to give away a couples mini-session in the spirit of celebrating love and Valentines Day!

All you have to do to enter is;
a) make sure you “like” the Absolute Photography Facebook Page
b) “Share” the absolute photography facebook page in your status
c) come back here and comment that you have done so!

** Mini-Session means 1 location, no wardrobe changes.. just lotsa fun and love!!
** Deadline for entries is Monday, Feb 18 @ 11:59pm Grande Prairie time.
** This mini-session is intended to capture your love for your boyfriend/girlfriend, fiance, husband/wife, partner, etc. and must be scheduled for before March 31, 2012, during daylight hours.
** Includes an online gallery of 20 images and an 8×10 fine art desk print of your choice.

Good Luck!!

Congratulations to Danielle Webb!! Please contact me ASAP to schedule your March 2013 Couples Mini Session! I am looking forward to working with you and your special someone. 


February 11, 2013 - 11:32 am

Amy Clarkson - Shared! And excited!

February 11, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Lindsey Campbell - I’ve shared your facebook page for the 4th Annual Love Session Giveaway! 🙂

February 11, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Amanda Snydmiller - Shared! 🙂 !!

February 11, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Christy Martin - Shared

February 11, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Chelsea cameron - Shared with crossed fingers

February 11, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Jenn McCurdy - Shared(twice oops)!!

February 11, 2013 - 1:58 pm


February 11, 2013 - 2:04 pm

Patricia Jordan - Shared:)

February 11, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Michelle Felix - Done and done! 😉

February 11, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Jodi Bueckert - Shared!!

February 11, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Alicia Soutar - Posted on my page 🙂

February 11, 2013 - 6:30 pm

Amanda Udey - Done!

February 11, 2013 - 8:00 pm

Shannon Blouin - Shared!

February 12, 2013 - 9:38 am

Natasha - Done and done 🙂

February 12, 2013 - 9:55 am

Andrea Dupuis - Done 🙂

February 12, 2013 - 12:26 pm

cassidy - shared!

February 12, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Erin Schroeder - Shared:)

February 12, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Erin Schroeder - Shared! Good luck everyone!

February 12, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Stacey Rey - Done 🙂

February 12, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Stacey Rey - Shared 🙂

February 13, 2013 - 9:47 am

Lindsay - Shared! Happy Valentine’s

February 13, 2013 - 10:02 am

Jodi Budde - Done and Done 🙂

February 13, 2013 - 10:12 am

Chelsea - Done!! 🙂

February 13, 2013 - 10:25 am

Aimee Desiatnyk - Done and done, now fingers crossed. 🙂

February 14, 2013 - 9:57 am

Candace Jackson - Done!!! Other than your random shots of me I’ve never had the professional type done before 😛

February 15, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Danielle Webb - Shared 🙂

February 15, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Ashley McDonal - Shared, Liked! You rock!


Absolute Photography: 2013 Largest Wedding Show – Grande Prairie Wedding Photographer

Wow! What a great day we had yesterday! I so very much enjoyed meeting all of the bride’s to be, groom’s to be, bridesmaids, parents, etc yesterday at Grande Prairie’s 2013 Largest Wedding Show. I even met a “Man-of-honour” 🙂 We had a tonne of traffic through the Absolute Photography by Allana booth, and it was so much fun sharing our wedding story product! I always wanted to meet the guys who work with photo booths, so I check out and came to visit their booth at the Show. Guess what, I have a special discount for their service. This is why I love visiting the Show.

My goal for any portrait session, wedding’s included, is the creation of stunning art for display in your home and keepsakes to last a lifetime. Having the privilege to capture the story of your wedding day (emotions & special moments, from before the first kiss until after the first dance) is really a dream come true.

For those of you that didn’t make it to the show, I thought I would share a peek into our booth…
wedding show booth, trade show booth, wedding show, photo display, sample album

And for those of you that WERE there; I know you are patiently waiting to hear about the winner of our giveaway!

This year we had everyone enter our guestbook for a draw to win a Free Couples Session. The winning mini session includes:
– online gallery featuring 20 images
– 8×10 fine art desk print
– Your own phone app with your session images
This is a $150 value!

Drumroll please!!!!!!

#240 – Katrina Webster

Katrina, please check your inbox! I will be calling and emailing you! Or you can email Allana at! Congrats!!!

I would also really like to thank those of you who helped make this day a success – you know who you are!